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A patient looking to shape their body may be considering non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction procedures to remove the bulges of fat located on their body. You may be considering the two most known non-surgical procedures, and what the difference...

by Bharat Kothakota, MD MPH

CoolSculpting vs Ultrashape

A patient looking to shape their body may be considering non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction procedures to remove the bulges of fat located on their body. You may be considering the two most known non-surgical procedures, and what the difference is with CoolSculpting vs Ultrashape. Both are non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction solutions, but there are a number of differences between the two procedures.

The key difference between Ultrashape and CoolSculpting is how they work. CoolSculpting uses a cooling technique, while Ultrashape uses ultrasound technology.


Ultrashape has been FDA-approved as a non-invasive body shaping procedure that does not use any heating or cooling technology. Instead, Ultrashape uses focused, pulsed ultrasound energy to selectively destroy fat cells. Bursts of energy target the fat cells. The gentle ultrasound destroys the fat cells, releasing them as triglycerides which pass through the liver and are eliminated from the body. Over a period of a few weeks, the fat cells exit the body without damaging the surrounding tissue or nerves. After three sessions, patients will start to experience changes in their body.


During an Ultrashape procedure, the doctor places a handheld device onto the area of treatments. It sends acoustic waves of focused ultrasonic energy to the target fat cells, shaking their membranes until they are forced to collapse. A typical treatment can last an hour or less, depending on the size of the treated area.


CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved non-invasive, cooling body procedure. CoolSculpting uses a precise, controlled cooling technique to destroy fat cells. The cooling will crystallize, or freeze, the fat cells in the body. As they freeze, they will die away and pass through the body's natural waste process. In as little as three weeks, patients report seeing results after their first treatment.


During a CoolSculpting procedure, an applicator is placed onto the area that needs to be treated. A controlled cooling is performed on the target area. A vacuum device holds in the area that needs to be targeted to ensure the correct fat is being targeted. As the cooling is applied, the fat freezes and starts to die away, released from the body. One treatment can take anywhere from 35 minutes to about an hour depending on the treated location.


CoolSculpting has been proven to work with its hundreds and thousands of patients. The fat cells don't need to rely on being resolved into triglycerides: they freeze and immediately leave the body after they're frozen. They don't go through a transforming process that you hope leaves your body through your liver. Not only that, but there are no scars or discoloration due to CoolSculpting.

With CoolSculpting, there is a 20-25% reduction in fat from the targeted area. The fat cells are gone for good and won't come back.

CoolSculpting Difference

While CoolSculpting and Ultrasound start to show results around the same time frame, Ultrashape usually requires three sessions before you will see the best results, where CoolSculpting can show results in as little as 3 weeks after your first treatment. With CoolSculpting, some patients don't even need more than one treatment for their body goals to form. It always depends on the patient and their goals. CoolSculpting can remove fat faster as long as the correct applicator is used. Ultrashape is better for smaller areas.

While Ultrashape reports to have no side effects because it is virtually "painless", some patients have reported to have a pain during their treatment. They have also mentioned discomfort during the procedure, skin irritation, bruising, skin irregularities, and even blisters. They report having swelling and redness in the treated area.

Unlike Ultrashape that claims to be painless, Self Care LA wants our patients to know what to expect from CoolSculpting. While there is initial discomfort with the CoolSculpting treatment, it subsides as the treatment continues and allows you to relax during your treatment. The CoolSculpting downtime gives you the opportunity to read, use your phone, or even nap.

According to RealSelf, real patients of CoolSculpting and Ultrashape have rated whether or not the procedures are wroth the prices and time for your results. Real patients reported that CoolSculpting is more worth it than Ultrashape with almost a 3% difference in customers. That is a big difference when it comes to your body, your results, and your money.


With CoolSculpting at Self Care La, we'll help you eliminate fat with the #1 non-invasive fat reduction procedure in the US. We are dedicated to our patients and helping you along your journey to creating a better body and lifestyle for yourself. With Self Care LA, we offer one of our solutions and that's CoolSculpting. If you're ready to get amazing results from an FDA-approved procedure, give us a call at (323) 337-3445 to book a consultation and appointment with us. Start your road to the best body today!

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